The Moab Arts Council is a state and federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization. First incorporated in 1987, MAC has grown and adapted to meet the ever-growing interest in and need for the arts in our community. It is a matter of arts pride that Utah was the first state in the nation to create a state arts organization, and Moab was not too far behind. Composed primarily of Texas Gulf employees and spouses, it was first organized in 1961.
MAC currently acts as an arts advocacy, leadership and granting organization. We can offer "umbrella" not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status for groups or individuals seeking grants. Under our grants program we manage and re-distribute funds that the Moab City Council annually allocates for community arts projects.
Our mission is to promote and support the arts in Southeastern Utah. We do this with the belief and understanding that arts activities, events and education provide for general community well-being while contributing to economic diversity. In our "big picture" view we see the growth of the arts in all directions as simply making Moab a better place to be for residents and visitors alike.
The Moab Arts Council is made up of dedicated artists, community members, business owners and advocates that believe in the power of the arts.
THERESA KING / ARTS ADVOCATE
Involved with the Moab Arts Council since 1987, Theresa is involved in a variety of arts-oriented events. She is also the founder of the Moab Arts Festival.
MAKEDA BARKLEY / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MOAB ARTS
Makeda holds a BA in Studio Art with a focus in Communication Studies from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and has been involved with public art and arts advocacy since high school. She has worked at a number of non-profit arts organizations in the Midwest and has been with Moab Arts since September 2018. Her experience with arts management and gallery operations lends itself to curating public art in the Moab and Grand County area and expanding arts opportunities for the community.
LIZ HOLLAND/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MOAB ARTS
Born in Moab, Liz has been a part of Moab Arts and the Moab Arts Council for over five years. Being an active part of the Moab community is something she is passionate about, and you can find her at most public events. Liz is eager to continue to evolve the busy art center. plan community-based activities and expand public art throughout town.
SERAH MEAD / DIRECTOR, KZMU
Serah Mead became KZMU’s Station Manager in late August 2018 after serving as Music Director for three years. She has been a DJ at the station since early 2014. Serah has lived in Moab for 9 years off and on and came here to intern for Community Rebuilds, where she later worked as Associate Director. She is co-founder of Thirdspace Moab, a collaborative design company that offers creative consultation and design services. Serah has a BFA in graphic design from California College of the Arts and an associates degree from College of Mateo, where she interned at KCSM, a Bay Area jazz station. A certified Change Leader with Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Serah believes in the power of the arts to make positive change in communities.
CHRIS MOSS / PHOTOGRAPHER
Chris Moss has been studying photography for over 12 years. During 2011-2014 he studied at Weber State University. He pursued the Bachelors of Fine Arts program with an emphasis in Photography. Chris now lives and works in Moab with his family.
SASCHA STEINBERG / ASSISTANT, MOAB ARTS
Sascha is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated with a BA in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh where she held positions at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Contemporary Craft, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. She moved to Moab in 2017 to learn about permaculture and to explore the ancient canyons of the desert. Sascha has been the Public Arts Administrative Assistant since 2019.
ERIN GROVES / MOAB MUSIC FESTIVAL
Erin Groves is in her seventh season as the Education & Community Engagement Director at the Moab Music Festival. Originally from rural Alaska, Erin is a Moab resident along with her husband Jeff, who she met in 2011 working on the kitchen crew at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. They married and moved to Moab in 2014 and have since built a house, had the 2020 new year's baby - Arlo Jane - and are happy to call Moab home. Erin thrives on travel, the outdoors, gardening, and all things Arts. Band, theater, and dance played an important role in her young life, which is why she is especially passionate to focus her time on the Arts Council in support of Grand County’s Arts Education programs.